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Book Club: "It's A Jungle Out There", part 1, The First Four Assignments

For our next English assignments, we will be reading and completing writing assignments based on the book, "It' a Jungle Out There" written by Ron Snell.
It's a Jungle Out There!: Book One of the Rani Adventures

Combine one family of American missionaries and 6,000 Machiguenga Indians with the Amazon jungle of Peru and you have a dynamite recipe for adventure. Written for ages 12 through adult, It's a Jungle Out There! is a book like no other. Ron's unique sense of humor is liberally sprinkled throughout each page. Yet, while you are laughing at his many escapades, you are also experiencing the blunt realities of primitive tribal life. And you come away with the realization that missions are needed, and that the Gospel changes lives. (From the publisher)

Your students will be asked to complete assignments based on decisions they make on in imaginary situations presented to them They will also have to complete research assignments. They will used what they learn about the Amazon and the people who lived there, as well as information learned from the novel, "It' a Jungle Out There" written by Ron Snell to write a series of narrative essays in the form of journal entries, telling about their adventure. For the final project, these essays and creative writing scenes that they write throughout this unit will be gathered together. The narrative essays should flow smoothly from one event to the next, thus telling the whole story.

Preparing to Travel

You are part of an anthropological research team and you have been invited to visit Rain in Peru and learn about the Machiguenga people However, you will need to find out some information before you take your trip

Assignment 1

  • Begin reading, "It' a Jungle Out There" written by Ron Snell, Chapter 1: The Mighty Push
  • Trace the map on the inside cover of "It' a Jungle Out There"

Assignment 2

  • Read, "It' a Jungle Out There" written by Ron Snell, Chapter 2: Yarinacocha
  • Copy a map of South America and color in and label Peru, the Amazon river, and the Amazon rainforest area.

Assignment 3

  • Read, "It' a Jungle Out There" written by Ron Snell, Chapter 3: Air Knockers.
  • Your plane will take you to Lima, Peru. Find out more about the city. What are the main attractions of the city? What do people who live there do for entertainment? Locate a hotel in Lima on the internet. Where will you be staying and how much will it cost? What type of currency do they use and how does it convert to American dollars?

Assignment 4

  • Read, "It' a Jungle Out There" written by Ron Snell, Chapter 4: Timpia
  • Using a world map in an atlas, find out the distance between where you live and Lima, Peru On a copy of a world map, trace the route your plane would take if you assumed a direct route How long would it take?
  • I am not sure if I made this unit up entirely myself or if I found some of it on the internet. If you know if any of this has come from a source I have not credited, please let me know, and I will make the appropriate corrections.


  1. That book sounds really interesting. I've never heard of it before. I might need to get it and see if it works for my kiddos.


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